|Explanation of Levels/Grades
We have constructed our trips levels based on
years of experience with all levels of trekkers, but we must
stress that it is a guide only. You are the best judge of
your own physical fitness and mental stamina. The difficulty
of a given trip can vary greatly depending on how well you
adapt to the remote medium-to-high altitude environments through
which we trek. We cannot take into account the particular
psychological effect that multiple weeks of hiking without
a hot shower may have on you. However, getting well beyond
the confines of your regular life is what this is all about
and WE DO NOT RUSH. Experience the journey, not the destination!
All the treks include porters to carry
your luggage, so that your only responsibility is what you
need during the day - jacket, camera, water bottle, etc. All
the cooks we employ and the tea house cooks have been trained
in providing delicious and hygienic food and water.
- Gentle - Day trips,
level ground, good paths. Internet and chocolate cake within
- Easy - Easy hiking,
occasional up and down, good paths, possible overnight stays
in basic accommodation. Hills rather than mountains.
- Moderate - Multi
day trips, may involve camping in rural areas. Rougher,
steeper paths. Possible high altitude hiking (4000-5400
m), but with plenty of time for acclimatization. Rain and
snow possible, but dry rest spots are usually available
multiple times a day. Good general trekking grade that anyone
who can walk with a light day pack at a moderate pace for
6 hours/day can do.
- Challenging - Extended
time in remote area, probably camping. Steep ascents and
descents and occasional unmarked paths. May involve getting
wet and cold without a dry place to rest for hours on end!
Possibility of easy scrambling. Periods of high altitude.
- Difficult - Remote areas, changeable,
adverse weather conditions. Long trips and hard trekking.
Rescue difficult. May include some or all of the following:
- Steep trek to high
altitude (>5000 m) with minimum time to acclimatize.
- Sustained trekking
and camping at high altitude.
- Multiple high passes
to cross with the risk of snow storms.
- Long treks in remote
and difficult terrain without roads.
- Technical trekking
routes that require ropes and crampons.
|Hotel Accommodation Grades
Highest level accommodations available -- 4-star hotels
and resorts, private vehicles, Western toilets/baths, etc.
- Tea House
General trekking accommodation in tea houses or small hotels
- private room, local and western cuisine, private vehicles,
mostly squat latrines, daily hot water for shower possible
but not guaranteed.
Camping, sleeping bag use, local and Western cuisine, private
vehicles, latrine tent, minimal hot water - the shower will
feel extra-fantastic when you get back to "civilization".